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Mavunga leads UNC past Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech's Aaliyah Whiteside (2) and North Carolina's Allisha Gray (15) watch the ball get away on a rebound during the first half in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Georgia Tech's Aaliyah Whiteside (2) and North Carolina's Allisha Gray (15) watch the ball get away on a rebound during the first half in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) AP

Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points and added 16 rebounds as North Carolina topped Georgia Tech 84-64 in the nightcap of the second round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.

No. 6 seed UNC (24-7) will play No. 3 seed Louisville (24-5) in Friday’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal, the Cardinals’ ACC tournament debut. Louisville, ranked No. 10 nationally, beat the visiting Tar Heels 75-66 in their only regular-season matchup.

It was Mavunga’s 12th double-double of the season and the 24th of the sophomore’s career. Allisha Gray added 14 points and Latifah Coleman 10 for UNC.

The Tar Heels are looking for their 10th ACC championship and ninth for coach Sylvia Hatchell, but they have not won it since 2008.

Zaire O’Neil had 14 points with 10 rebounds and Kaela Davis also scored 14 to lead four players in double figures for No. 11 seed Georgia Tech (18-14), which is likely headed for a spot in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Aaliyah Whiteside added 13 points and Roddreka Rogers had 10 with 11 rebounds

UNC shot 50 percent to Georgia Tech’s 35.1, committing just 10 turnovers to the Yellow Jackets’ 18. The Yellow Jackets outrebounded the Tar Heels 46-40.

The 15th-ranked Tar Heels had beaten Georgia Tech 96-81 on Jan. 11 at Carmichael Arena in the teams’ sole regular-season meeting.

Georgia Tech advanced to the second round with an 80-53 rout of Clemson on Wednesday.

UNC led 37-27 at halftime after the Yellow Jackets’ Antonia Peresson hit a 55-footer at the buzzer.

Mavunga had 14 points at the break as the Tar Heels shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the half to Georgia Tech’s 34.4. UNC committed just four turnovers in the period compared to the Yellow Jackets’ 11, but was outrebounded 24-20.

The Yellow Jackets had a 9-0 run to take a 15-11 lead on Rogers’ jumper with 15:40 left in the half. UNC responded with a 9-0 run of its own, taking the lead for good on a Jamie Cherry layup that made it 17-15 at 9:54.

Gray, who had two points at the time, left with an injury to her right leg with 18:07 left and the Tar Heels up 41-33. She sat out for six minutes before returning to the lineup with no apparent ill effects.

Georgia Tech trimmed the deficit to 41-36 on a three-point play from O’Neil with 17:48 to play, but the Tar Heels stretched it to 52-41 on Coleman’s layup with 13:00 remaining.

The Yellow Jackets were never again closer than seven points, the last time on Rogers’ layup that made it 63-56 with 6:35 showing.

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